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PhD student in Genomics and Bioinformatics, 100 %

For an SNF-NRF collaboration project with the University of Pretoria in South Africa called ?EBDOmics", the EGSB group is looking for a PhD student in Genomics and Bioinformatics.

School: Life Sciences und Facility Management
Starting date: 01.01.2022 or 01.02.2022

Your role

Your project will investigate the causative agents of the plant disease Enterobacter bulb decay of onions. The aim is to study taxonomy and genomic diversity of the different organisms in the Enterobacter cloacae complex that can cause the disease, in order to design novel diagnostic methods and to study the molecular base of host-specificity of the individual members. Your work will combine molecular microbiology, MALDI-TOF MS identification, genome sequencing, comparative and functional genomics and innovative computer analyses. You are expected to actively shape the direction of your project and should be highly motivated, creative and curious. Your research could make a significant boost towards rapid identification and understanding of this plant pathogen. You are expected to publish your data in scientific publications, and you will participate in the collaborative aspects with different teams in South Africa.

Your profile

  • Completed MSc in Biology or Genetics and first experience in the fields of microbiology, genetics and genomics
  • Advanced skills in molecular biology (DNA/RNA isolation, RT-(q)PCR)
  • Theoretical and practical experience with NGS, bioinformatics, statistics and/or modeling
  • Fluent command of English (both written and spoken)
  • Knowledge of German is beneficial

This is what we stand for

Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW is one of Switzerland's largest multidisciplinary universities of applied sciences, with over 14'000 students and 3'400 faculty and staff.
Life Sciences and Facility Management: Study and research in Wädenswil: practical, creative, passionate and reflective. Our expertise in life sciences and facility management in the areas of the environment, food and health enables us to make a vital contribution to solving social challenges and improving quality of life.

The Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology (EGSB) research group is part of the interdisciplinary Institute of Natural Resource Sciences. We apply molecular biological methods in order to understand organisms and how they interact with the environment. Our labs are fully equipped for microbiology, genetics and genomics while bioinformatics infrastructure is available.

The doctorate is awarded at the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology of the Faculty of Science at the University of Zurich. The research will mainly be carried out at ZHAW in Wädenswil (www.zhaw.ch/iunr). Remuneration is based on the SNSF doctoral student rate.

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Prof. Dr. Theo Smits
Head of Environmental Genomics and
Systems Biology Research Group


Sonja Gut
Recruiting Manager

ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften
Wädenswil City of Zurich/Lakeside 8820